2 August 2012, New York: International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie...
CERF gives $5 million in underfunded grants to Nepal
In Nepal, an estimated 3.5 million people are facing food insecurity due to recurring droughts, floods and persistent poverty. The United Nations estimates that that the lack of food at the household level is an acute problem in most of the Mid-West and Far-West regions of the country where acute food shortages persist in 63 per cent of households.
Acute malnutrition is at a critical level affecting 385,000 children. According to 2011 survey reports, some 91,000 children under age 5 in Nepal are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Most of these children are not likely to survive, unless they are identified and treated in a timely and effective manner.
In response the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided $4,997,385 in underfunded grants to five UN agencies to address the critical food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable, food-insecure populations. Funds will also be used to prevent further deterioration of livelihoods and basic services for the most vulnerable populations.